One of Australia’s star Paralympians burst into tears when she was told on TV she’d won a bronze medal.
Swimmer Katja Dedekind took bronze in the S13 100m backstroke, one of four medals Australia won on Day Two of the Tokyo Paralympics.
Watch the swimming star’s incredible reaction in the video above
Dedekind, who is visually impaired, burst into tears on TV at the Rio Games when told she’d won an unexpected bronze in the 100m backstroke.
Five years on the same news came with a bonus of a personal best time and she was once again overcome with emotion.
“Katja, can I tell you, you’ve won a bronze medal?” Channel 7’s Katrina Webb said.
Dedekind laughed and brought her hands to her head, wiping away tears.
“Oh, that’s awesome – a PB and a medal,” she said.
“Five years on, I’m doing the same thing again.
“It’s incredible, I just didn’t know what I was going to be able to do coming into competition.”
Dedekind clocked one minute 6.49 seconds as American Gia Pergolini broke her own world record to win in 1:04.64, with Italian Carlotta Gilli 1.46 seconds behind in second.
The other Australian medal in the pool on Thursday went to Kiera Stephens, who won bronze in the SB9 100m breaststroke.
Australians Ma Lin, Sam von Einem and Joel Coughlan won their table tennis round-robin singels matches, but team co-captain Danni di Toro had another loss.
In equestrian, Australia’s Victoria Davies and Celere finished ninth in the Grade II dressage individual test.
Sharon Davis on Romanos was 10th in Grade IV.
– with AAP